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Public Speaking - Craig Zoberis, Tom Seery, Glen Tripp

Craig Zoberis, Tom Seery, and Glen Tripp have publicly spoken before. According to publicly available sources, Zoberis has spoken publicly at only two events. Seery has stated that he “makes sure to give at least 25 talks a year to doctor associations.” Tripp has led “dozens of workshops for parents and educators.” Please note that sources older than two years have been utilized to produce evidence that the individuals above have spoken at events. Some of these events occurred more than two years ago. Below, I will provide a brief bio of Craig Zoberis, Tom Seery, and Glen Tripp, and a list of events where they have spoken at.

CRAIG ZOBERIS

Craig Zoberis is the founder and President of Fusion OEM. The Burr Ridge, Illinois-based company was founded in 2002 as Fusion and was re-branded to Fusion OEM in 2012 to better identify with the original equipment manufacturer industry. Fusion OEM is a contract manufacturer of mechanical and electrical machines and components. The company’s operations are considered unique in the industry as while other manufacturers have moved their moved operations to China or Mexico, Zoberis has decided to keep his plant in the United States. Fusion OEM is known to pay its workers above-market rates and its clients include Illinois Tool Works, Federal Signal, Pregis Corp, and Mumm Products.
Since 2012, Zoberis also serves as the 2nd Vice Chair at Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and a member at Marquette University Industrial Advisory Board. He previously served on the Board of Directors at the Entrepreneurs' Organization Chicago Chapter (June 2009 – June 2011), The Technology & Manufacturing Association (March 2010 – March 2013), and Junior Achievement of Chicago (March 2011 – December 2016). Zoberis has graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and Master of Business Administration, Marketing from Saint Xavier University.
According to publicly available sources, Zoberis has spoken publicly at only two events. In January 2015, he was one of the guest speakers at Hinsdale Central High School’s Junior Achievement Company Program club event. In June 2016, he was one of the nine guest speakers at Management Association’s Talent Talks event.

TOM SEERY

Tom Seery is the founder and CEO of RealSelf. The Seattle, Washington-based company was founded in 2006. RealSelf is an online review site and forum for plastic-surgery procedures and doctors. RealSelf provides reviews for hundreds of treatments including breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift, “mommy makeover,” liposuction, and Botox. Seery launched RealSelf as he thought that potential patients would like to read reviews on cosmetic treatments, similar to how Expedia provides reviews for potential travelers. Today, RealSelf contains profiles of more than 60,000 doctors, and the company hired its 100th employee in 2016.
Seery also serves on the Board of Directors at ReSurge International since January 2015, and Advisory Board Member at Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business since January 2017. Before founding RealSelf, Seery worked for Expedia in multiple roles from July 2000 to October 2005 and served Unisys Corporation as Project Manager from June 1993 to February 1998. Seery has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College, Master of Business Administration from University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, and Master of Science from Drexel University.
Seery has stated that he “makes sure to give at least 25 talks a year to doctor associations.” In 2017, he was one of the speakers at the American Med Spa Association trade show and Sciton User Summit. Seery’s most recent public speaking event was at the IMCAS World Congress held on February 1, 2018.

GLEN TRIPP

Glen Tripp is the founder & CEO of Galileo Learning. The Palo Alto, California-based company launched its first camp in 2002. Galileo Learning was launched to “complement what kids learn during the school year with a new and powerful experience—that of approaching learning fearlessly and creatively as innovators.” The company operates more than 70 innovation camps in the Bay Area, Southern California and Chicagoland for kids from pre-K through 8th grade. Galileo Learning’s camps activities are based on the innovation process developed at Stanford University. The company was listed on Forbes’ America's Best Small Companies 2017.
Tripp also serves as a Leadership Council Member at Chabot Space & Science Center since August 2014. He previously served as a Trustee at Breakthrough Collaborative from June 2009 to June 2015 and National Advisory Council Member at Techbridge Girls from August 2015 to September 2017. Prior to founding Galileo Learning, Tripp worked for Score! Educational Centers from July 1994 to June 2001. His last role before leaving Score! Educational Centers was VP Online Education Operations. Tripp has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics and International Relations from Stanford University.
Tripp has led “dozens of workshops for parents and educators.” However, no recent public speaking events were published recently. In March 2013, Tripp spoke at Piedmont High School as part of the Education Speaker Series. In April 2014, he spoke at Redwood Day School as part of the 50th Anniversary Speaker Series. Tripp spoke about bringing design thinking and innovation skills to the classroom and creating an innovation ecosystem at the Innovative Learning Conference 2015.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, Craig Zoberis, Tom Seery, and Glen Tripp have publicly spoken before. Zoberis has spoken publicly at only two events. Seery has stated that he “makes sure to give at least 25 talks a year to doctor associations” and Tripp has led “dozens of workshops for parents and educators.”

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Potential Interest in Public Speaking - Craig Zoberis, Tom Seery, Glen Tripp

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for your inquiry! As you requested, we have compiled a list of sources that indicate all three individuals (Craig Zoberis, Tom Seery, and Glen Tripp) have experience speaking to the public at a variety of events. Below is a deep dive into our research on the rationale and interest in public speaking for each individual. In order to provide a more comprehensive speaking profile for each individual, we have included sources that go beyond Wonder’s typical two-year time limit, though all sources are less than 5 years old.

Craig Zoberis

Craig Zoberis has held multiple leadership positions and joined organizations that provide opportunities to speak in public. For example, Craig is President of Fusion OEM, a “contract manufacturing company he founded in his garage in 2002." As part of their Talent Talk series, Craig spoke to 100 members of the Management Association at their Downers Grove, IL headquarters on May 17, 2016, about "the work he has done to build and sustain a unique culture” at Fusion OEM. He also spoke to the Hinsdale Central High School Junior Achievement Chapter in 2015 as a Junior Achievement (JA) DuPage board member. An interview with Forbes in 2017, while not a direct example of public speaking, indicates an openness and willingness to step into the spotlight as the sole interviewee in an article probing deeply into Craig’s family history, motivations, and points of pride as a small, US-based manufacturer.

Tom Seery

Tom Seery is the most experienced public speaker and businessman on our list. Tom was a founding member of Expedia and went on to become founder and CEO of RealSelf, USA, “an online resource for medical aesthetics.” He spoke as an “industry leader” at the Sciton User Summit Speakers in November 2017, and presented a keynote business development address as a “faculty member” to an audience at the 2017 British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon’s Annual Scientific Meeting. In February 2017, Tom was one of six public speakers at the Women Plastic Surgeons (WPS) Enrichment Retreat for the American Society for Plastic Surgeons and presented “Keeping Up with the Insanely Beautiful Expectations of the Digitally-Empowered Patient” for the American Med Spa Association. A photo of Tom speaking at the Zillow Speaker Series indicate Tom is comfortable speaking in public with a microphone, and a video interview of Tom speaking to a Stiletto Woman reporter in 2010 (available on YouTube.com) shows his dynamic speaking style.

Glen Tripp

Glen Tripp’s past public speaking experience includes workshops and offering focused on parents and students. In 2013, Glen spoke at the 2013 Bay Area Science Festival about "Cultivating Creative Confidence. Additionally, Glen spoke as part of The Education Speaker Series at the Piedmont High School Student Center about "how parents can promote innovative thinking and creative problem-solving." In April 2014, Glen Tripp spoke at the Redwood Day School about "the importance of developing young people into innovators" as part of a speaker series. In 2014, Glen also presented a "Parenting Young Innovators" interactive workshop and was a conversation leader at a training source for the Silicon Valley Innovation Center. We could not find anymore recent public speaking sources for Glen Tripp, which may indicate waning interest in public speaking.

Conclusion

We have identified multiple examples of public speaking events presented by each person on the list; however, the experience level varies among all three speakers. Tom Seery is the most experienced public speaker and we were able to find the most sources detailing prior speaking engagements for Tom. Glen Tripp lacked recent events and had the fewest prior speeches identified. All three have spoken in public in the past, indicating an interest in public speaking.
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